Centre for Civic Education (CCE) announces the COMPETITION for the best investigative article in the field of human rights. Its aim is to contribute to strengthening of the role of media in promotion of human rights, democratic reforms and development of anti-discrimination culture, through active research and media reporting on cases of violations of human rights and discrimination of citizens, as well as on implementation of policies in this area with focus on fulfilling commitments undertaken within Chapter 23.
The competition is open to journalists from all print media, agencies and web portals registered in Montenegro.
Articles must be published during 2017 and 2018.
Authors can compete with up to three articles, whether they apply independently or that they are nominated by their media, journalists’ associations or jury.
The deadline for submitting articles is 31 October 2018, until 5 pm
Regarding the information from today’s media, that Dusko Saric and Jovica Loncar are claiming €400 000 from the country of Montenegro for unfounded deprivation of liberty, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) reminds that this example represents not an incident but a more frequently occurring practice which is a result of also underived system of responsibility in the judiciary. CCE has pointed to this also in the recently published analysis ‘Unfounded deprivation of liberty – detention as a rule instead of being an exception’.
Namely, Ministry of Justice has in the previous nine years received even 1359 request for conclusion of Agreement on compensation of damage due to unfounded deprivation of liberty, and has concluded 335 agreements according to which it has paid the total of €1.070.460,00. Additionally, as per cases which have not been resolved by achieved agreement with the Ministry of Justice, but via court way, i.e. by initiating a litigation proceeding via lawsuit against the state, the Ministry of Finance has as per court verdicts paid €10.381.021,01. In short, around 11.5 million Euros (€11.451.481,01) the state of Montenegro has paid for unfounded deprivation of liberty in last nine years.
A comprehensive analysis of the situation in the area of fight against corruption needs to precede to the improvement of the existing mechanisms to prevent this phenomenon. Furthermore, it is necessary to clearly define which body at the national level coordinates and monitors the implementation of anti-corruption activities at the local level.
This was assessed by the Programme Coordinator at the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Ana Nenezić, at the first panel of the national conference during the presentation of annual report on fight against corruption at the local level, which is part of the project “Let’s put corruption into museum!”, organized by the CCE and the Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI).
In Montenegro, more proactive approach and cooperation of all competent institutions, at national and local level, is needed for the fight against corruption, and support of civil society organizations, media and citizens is prerequisite for track record in this area. This was assessed at the national conference within the framework of project “Let’s put corruption into museum!” organized by the Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) and the Centre for Civic Education (CCE).
Minister of Public Administration, Suzana Pribilovic, said that integrity of local officials and state employees and fight against corruption at the local level represent key determinants of new approach to the functioning of local self-government units. “Also, in our local self-governments, apart from legal, ethical rules and standards of behaviour applied to all holders of public functions are determined for employees at the local level,” explained Pribilović.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) reminds that Montenegro is marking another International Right to Know Day with limited track record in the field of data access and worse legislative framework compared to one that was the starting point.